Does one size really fit all ?

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This is a short presentation delivered at NLDITA 2010, about the increasing number of elements in DITA (due to the specialization of DITA to more and more domains) and the need to constrain the number of available elements in every practical authoring job.

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Does one size really fit all ?

  1. 1. DOES ONE SIZE REALLY FIT ALL ?Minimalism vs. Specialization in DITA
  2. 2. MINIMALISMmin-i-mal, adj. barely adequate or the least possible
  3. 3. JOHN M. CARROLLminimalism in technical communication
  4. 4. USERS DO NOT NEED MORE INFOjust enough to do the job
  5. 5. ONE QUESTION• how do I do this ?• what went wrong ?• what are my options ?• what is this thing for ?• how does this work ?
  6. 6. WRITERS FACE DEADLINESefficient single-sourcing and repurposing
  7. 7. topics maps docsMINIMALISM ENABLES MODULARITYsmaller topics are reusable in more maps
  8. 8. SPECIALIZATIONspe-cial-ize, v. to adapt to special conditions
  9. 9. SPECIALIZATION IS ENDLESSgrowing number of elements
  10. 10. MINIMALIST TOOLIt only does one thing, and is easy to handle
  11. 11. SPECIALLY OPTIMIZED TOOLSonly needed for one specific job
  12. 12. SURVIVAL KITalways carry all tools
  13. 13. SO WHAT ABOUT MINIMALISM ?more elements means less (re)usability
  14. 14. ALL OF DITA : TOO MANY OPTIONSnot the most efficient set of tools
  15. 15. CONSTRAINTS TO THE RESCUE !con-straint, n. repression of natural feelings and impulses
  16. 16. NO NOVEL OR THESISminimalism means writing as boring as we can
  17. 17. CARRY ONLY WHAT YOU NEEDuse different belt contents for different jobs
  18. 18. CONSTRAINTS ARE DITA S FUTUREa perfect fit for every occasion
  19. 19. QUESTIONS ? Jang F.M. Graat JANG Communication Amsterdam jang@jang.nl

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